David Gordon is the founder and director of the Look & Listen Festival, a non-profit series of new music concerts in New York City art galleries (www.lookandlisten.org), and President of the League of Composers/ISCM. Mr. Gordon is also the founder and President of Pinnacle Prep, a premium test prep company with over 25 employees that service clients throughout the tri-state area (www.pinnacleprep.com). Mr. Gordon has also taught on the faculty of NYU and Hofstra University, served as Executive Director of the League of Composers/ISCM, Vice President of First Performance, a new music performing organization, and founded and directed the Composers Ensemble at Hofstra, a 60-member performing ensemble, which premiered seven of Gordon’s works.
Mr. Gordon’s music has been performed by WSCMS, New York Virtuoso Singers, Chamber Players of the League of Composers/ISCM, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, University of Maine Percussion Ensemble, and others. Among his commissioned works are Drops, for violin and percussion, Propulsion, for viola and violoncello, and Ellen and William, two pieces for piano. Mr. Gordon has won recognition and awards from Waging Peace Through Singing, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, New York University, the National Alliance for Excellence, and been nominated for an American Academy of Arts and Letters award. He has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival with seminars by Tan Dun and Murray Schafer, the Wellesley Composers Conference with seminars by Mario Davidovsky, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival with seminars by Joan Tower, and Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) conferences in Maine, Michigan, and Indiana. Mr. Gordon also composed the music for, filmed, and edited Mitia, a 40-minute documentary on the life of Matthew Ditlove, a French WWII veteran. The video was selected in 2001 for archive by the Spertis Museum in Chicago to be used for educational purposes and as a presentation to Holocaust survivor groups.
In 2000, Mr. Gordon (b. 1969) completed his M.A. in music composition at New York University, where he studied with Charles Wuorinen, Martin Boykan, Louis Karchin, and Elizabeth Hoffman.